Efabless corporation is an open innovation, hardware creation platform for “smart” products. Our community delivers the customized integrated electronics required for semiconductor and hardware system innovators to turn their product visions into a marketable reality.
Today, Efabless focuses on on-demand and custom IP. Efabless gives chip companies two ways to obtain analog & mixed-signal IP: you can search for existing IP in our growing library of verified designs, but more importantly you can also request the Efabless community to design new IP and derivatives.
To register for an Efabless account, you must sign in using an existing account from a third-party social login provider. Options currently include LinkedIn, Google or Github.
Each time you log in, it is best to choose the service you selected when you registered. If you select a different service provider, you may end up with a new account if the primary email for that service does not match the service you chose for initial registration.
Registration via a LinkedIn account is the preferred method and has benefits. If you (eventually) do request verification of your account, the primary path is through a LinkedIn account anyway. If you registered via LinkedIn, the verification process is typically simpler, has less steps and communications, and is completed sooner with less effort on your part.
Why would a user request their account to be verified? Efabless offers “try before buying” with zero upfront costs, including use of restricted foundry PDKs without a formal NDA. To protect foundry & partner EDA IP and conform to export-control laws, Efabless must verify your real identity & location.
After you have registered for an account, you will see a drop-down menu under your name in the upper right corner of the web browser. From this menu you will see the status of your account, ‘verified’ or ‘unverified’. If ‘unverified’, you have the option to request account verification. You will be presented with Terms and Conditions for using protected content on the site. After accepting these terms, your account will be submitted to a review process by Efabless staff.
The primary means to verify your account is through your LinkedIn profile. Efabless will review the content of your LinkedIn profile as part of the verification process and may request additional information if needed. You may also receive an email from Efabless to initiate a connection request from your LinkedIn account.
If you do not have a LinkedIn account, please submit a help ticket requesting account verification and someone from Efabless will contact you.
You should note that you do not need to have a verified account in order to participate in the Open MPW or chipIgnite shuttle programs. However, you will not have access to tools or detailed log information from precheck on the platform without verifying your account. In the shuttle review process, US export-controls are still enforced: not all non-verified accounts are shuttle eligible.
At Efabless we provide a full path from open IP to silicon products. Lowering the barrier for designer community to reach prototypes that can enable effective showcasing of the design work to the customers. The platform has three main pillars:
First point, the shuttles: Efabless offers community members and customers access to shuttles. Shuttles can be accessed on demand for premium pricing or on a Leave-When-Full basis that is very affordable. In the latter case, the shuttle cost per mm2 is within the low to high $100’s depending on the process technology. Keep in mind we focus on technologies like 180/130nm BCD and more mature 250/350nm with higher voltage support.
Second, characterization & testing: We designed an open source HW platform board, including a reference ASIC designed to enable characterization of community IP. The design has been silicon-proven on our platform and will be announced to the world in early 2017. The designers will then be able to fork the reference ASIC and replace the template design with their own IP. After fabrication, the designer will utilize the platform board and wakeup SW to validate their specific design. In the future, we intend to forge partnerships with companies offering labs and test facilities that support low volume production in different geographical regions. Through such partnerships, the Efabless design community will access the capabilities as a part of an Efabless ecosystem. Stay tuned as we publish our progress on this front.